Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale now

Pensioners found living in ‘slum’ in Forest Gate

12:55 20 November 2012

Bedroom in the Victorian property Newham Council called a

Bedroom in the Victorian property Newham Council called a 'slum'.

Archant

A landlord was fined £1,250 by Newham Council after they found two pensioners living in a slum in Forest Gate.

Collapsed ceiling at the property in Chester Road, Forest Gate.Collapsed ceiling at the property in Chester Road, Forest Gate.

Sukhbir Singh Birak, 37, of Kensington Gardens, Ilford, admitted failing to comply with an Improvement Notice at Thames Magistrates Court earlier this month (November 14th).

Birak was also ordered to pay costs of £370 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Council housing inspectors found the elderly couple had been living for over seven months with a deficient heating system, a broken window, collapsed ceilings in both the bedroom and kitchen and an electric shower as the only source of hot water in a three-bed Victorian house in Chester Road.

The landlord ignored numerous requests to rectify these problems causing inspectors to step in and carry out remedial works costing over £1,400, which the council are claiming back.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “We want to ensure that private sector rented properties are well managed and meet a good standard. We also want to deal with the crime and anti-social behaviour that is sometimes associated with bad private sector rented housing.

“One bad house can drag down a whole street and we are doing this for the community.

“There are good landlords in Newham and we want to work with them. Unfortunately there are also some unscrupulous ones – and these are the ones we are targeting.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:06
A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized. Picture: AP Photo/DHA/PA Images

MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown have both called for Britain to accept more refugees on a day when photographs of a drowned boy in Turkey have shocked the world.

David Cameron
Yesterday, 16:46
How the Olympic Stadium will look once West Ham move in

The government has rejected a plea by supporters of eight London football clubs to open an inquiry into West Ham FC’s tenancy of the former Olympic stadium.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 16:21
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a violent assault in Barking

Police have arrested a man in Waltham Forest in connection with a fire in Forest Gate this morning.

London Ambulance Service
Yesterday, 15:28
Student architects will work on the Millennium Mills site

Architecture students at the University of East London are set to benefit from real world experience in shaping the future of a corner of Newham.

University of East London

Most read news

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder